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Kael's Camponotus novaeboracensis Journal

camponotus camponotus novaeboracensis queen journal

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#1 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted May 31 2020 - 7:56 AM

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I found this queen yesterday, and today she already has eggs. I'm not super interested in large ants like this, especially Camponotus, but I figured why not. It is pretty cool that she layed after one day though.

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Aphaenogaster queen w/ brood.

 

4 Crematogaster queens - Single queen and trio.


#2 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted June 1 2020 - 9:57 AM

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I counted today and it looks like she has 3 extremely long eggs.


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Aphaenogaster queen w/ brood.

 

4 Crematogaster queens - Single queen and trio.


#3 Offline AntsDakota - Posted June 1 2020 - 9:58 AM

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She should lay a few more in the coming days.
"God made..... all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. (including ants) And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 NIV versionCurrently Keeping: Aphaenogaster picea, Aphaenogaster rudis, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Formica subsericea, Lasius americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Myrmica sp., Pogonomyrmex occidentalis, Ponera pennsylvanica ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________My Journal__________________________________________________________________________________________<p>Attention South Dakotans! Join us on The SoDAK (Society of Dakotan Ant Keepers)

#4 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted June 1 2020 - 10:01 AM

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She should lay a few more in the coming days.

Yeah, my neighbor started with four or five nanitics. His colony didn't make it though.


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#5 Offline AntsDakota - Posted June 1 2020 - 10:42 AM

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She should lay a few more in the coming days.

Yeah, my neighbor started with four or five nanitics. His colony didn't make it though.
That sounds about right. Yet Camponotus (and many other genera) lay more eggs than nanitics, as many will be used for food. My pennsylvanicus laid around 10, and got 5 or so nanitics a couple years ago. They didn’t make it either........
"God made..... all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. (including ants) And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 NIV versionCurrently Keeping: Aphaenogaster picea, Aphaenogaster rudis, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Formica subsericea, Lasius americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Myrmica sp., Pogonomyrmex occidentalis, Ponera pennsylvanica ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________My Journal__________________________________________________________________________________________<p>Attention South Dakotans! Join us on The SoDAK (Society of Dakotan Ant Keepers)

#6 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted June 3 2020 - 6:13 PM

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She now has way more than 3 eggs. I think she had more than 3 to begin with but I just didn’t get a good enough look at the pile.

Aphaenogaster queen w/ brood.

 

4 Crematogaster queens - Single queen and trio.


#7 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted June 15 2020 - 12:22 PM

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She has small larvae now. She keeps them on her back and on her gaster. I don’t know how she puts them there. She did it with the eggs sometimes too.
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#8 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted June 15 2020 - 12:42 PM

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She has small larvae now. She keeps them on her back and on her gaster. I don’t know how she puts them there. She did it with the eggs sometimes too.


That’s pretty interesting! I’m curious as to if it is intentional or accidental whether she put them there, pics pics pics please
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#9 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted June 15 2020 - 1:05 PM

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I can try to get pics but it is hard with the genesis insert as she hides under the covered area a lot.
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#10 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted June 15 2020 - 1:06 PM

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I can try to get pics but it is hard with the genesis insert as she hides under the covered area a lot.


Ah, well that’s too bad D:
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#11 Offline AntsDakota - Posted June 15 2020 - 7:13 PM

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She has small larvae now. She keeps them on her back and on her gaster. I don’t know how she puts them there. She did it with the eggs sometimes too.

I don’t think queens intend to place brood on their backs, but it just sorta happens, if you know what I mean.
"God made..... all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. (including ants) And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 NIV versionCurrently Keeping: Aphaenogaster picea, Aphaenogaster rudis, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Formica subsericea, Lasius americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Myrmica sp., Pogonomyrmex occidentalis, Ponera pennsylvanica ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________My Journal__________________________________________________________________________________________<p>Attention South Dakotans! Join us on The SoDAK (Society of Dakotan Ant Keepers)

#12 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted June 24 2020 - 2:51 PM

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She was acting really weird for the last week and her brood was nowhere to be seen. She wobbled around a lot and seemed to be suffering so I decided the best thing for her would be to put her out if her misery. I am going to thoroughly clean the test tube because I think she may have gotten whatever my P. occidentalis got that killed them (if there was a “thing” that they got) and that is what was killing her (she did last longer than them if that’s the case). At least now I can use this test tube for a species that is more worthwhile now.

Aphaenogaster queen w/ brood.

 

4 Crematogaster queens - Single queen and trio.






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